narvikk/iStockBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 617,000 people worldwide.Over 14.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 142,095 deaths.Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.11:30 a.m.: Florida has 4 counties with no ICU bedsIn hard-hit Florida, just 15% of the state’s adult ICU beds were available Wednesday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Four counties — Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa and Putnam — had no available ICU beds, the agency said.These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.Florida’s positivity rate was 10.55% as of Wednesday morning.The state now has 379,619 total cases and 5,458 fatalities.10:35 a.m.: California is now the state with the most coronavirus casesCalifornia has surpassed New York’s number of coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins data.As of Wednesday morning, California had over 409,000 cases, while New York had over 408,000.California’s positivity rate and hospitalization rates are trending upward in the two-week average, according to the state.Meanwhile, New York’s positivity rate was just 1.29% Tuesday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Thirty-one states — including California — are on New York’s travel advisory list. Those traveling from the 31 high-case states must quarantine for two weeks when arriving in New York.9:35 a.m.: Coronavirus cases rising in kidsCoronavirus cases in children is steadily rising and nearing the level of patients 65 or older, according to internal FEMA memos obtained by ABC News. Children ages 12 to 17 appear to become infected at a higher rate than younger kids. The memos also outlined coronavirus problems that specific states are facing. In South Carolina, the test-positivity rate is above 15% and rising, the memos said. Charleston, Horry and Greenville counties reported the highest number of new cases over the last three weeks, representing 38.4% of new cases in the state, the memo said. Charleston County has the most significant rate increase in the state. In the Las Vegas, Nevada, area, fatalities are on the rise, particularly among residents older than 65 with underlying health conditions, the memos said. Out of 38 acute-care hospitals, six reported experiencing critical staffing shortages, while another six hospitals anticipate critical staffing shortages in the next week, the memos said. Louisiana is experiencing “broad community spread” across the state. East Baton Rouge, Calcasieu and Jefferson parishes had the highest number of new cases over the last three weeks and represent 26.5% of new cases, the memos said. Lafayette and Lake Charles are reporting a significant lack of testing supplies, the memos said.8:25 a.m.: Masks could have ‘very significant impact’ on outbreak within months, CDC director saysDr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called masks the “most powerful tool” against the coronavirus. “This is the greatest public health crisis that our nation has faced in more than a century,” Redfield told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Wednesday. “If all Americans would embrace that [masks] as part of their personal responsibility to confront this outbreak, we could actually have a very significant impact on the outbreak that we’re seeing across the country in the next four, six, eight, 10, 12 weeks.”But when it comes to the idea of a national mask mandate, Redfield said, “the issue is how to motivate all Americans to do that.” “Some governors have done it, obviously with mandates. Other governors have done it through example. I think our key is just to let the American public know how important this is,” he said.As the new school year nears, Redfield said he would “absolutely” be comfortable with his grandchildren heading back to their classrooms. Redfield added he only may have “some reservation” about his grandson with cystic fibrosis, “depending on how he could be accommodated in the school.” “I think it’s really important to get our schools open,” he said. “It’s not public health versus opening the schools or the economy — it’s public health versus public health. I think there really are a number of negative public health consequences that have happened to our K-12 [students] by having schools closed.” “So it’s so important now to work together with school districts to figure out how they can take our guidelines and operationalize them in a practical way and to do it in a way that is safe,” he continued.5:11 a.m.: France says it has 208 active clusters of COVID-19 across the countryFrance has 208 currently active coronavirus outbreaks as of Tuesday, according to the General Directorate of Health, which notes that “the circulation of the virus is increasing.”Since May 9, 547 grouped cases — or clusters — have been detected but 339 have been closed, said the Directorate General of Health.Currently, 6,482 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 and 455 patients with a severe form of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in intensive care.Just four regions in the country — Ile de France, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France and Guyana — account for 70% of patients being hospitalized in intensive care.Elsewhere, in overseas territories owned by France, there are a total of 202 hospitalizations, including 34 in intensive care.Since the start of the pandemic, 106,296 people have been hospitalized in the country and 79,734 people have returned home.A total of 30,165 people have died so far in France, including 19,649 people in hospitals and 10,516 in nursing and care homes.4:50 a.m.: Prime minister hopes Russian coronavirus vaccine will be available in fallThe Russian authorities are hoping to receive a reliable domestic coronavirus vaccine in the fall, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.“I do hope that we will receive our own Russian reliable vaccine against coronavirus in the fall,” Mishustin said in the State Duma on Wednesday.Meanwhile, the number of reported new infections in the country remained below 6,000 for the third day in a row.Russia confirmed 5,862 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 789,190.Over the past 24 hours 165 people have died, making the total death toll in the country 12,745.A total of 9,669 people recovered over the last 24 hours, which brought the overall number of recoveries to 572,053.2:10 a.m.: RNC attendees in Jacksonville to take ‘in-home’ tests before event, no commitment to requiring masksAlmost a month before Republicans are set to gather in Jacksonville, Florida, for President Donald Trump’s second nomination, in a state seeing a record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases, the Republican National Committee outlined in more detail the safety procedures that will be in place for the nominating event in a memo obtained by ABC News.Convention-goers heading to Jacksonville for the Republicans celebration are expected to take an “in-home COVID-19 test” before the gatherings in either Charlotte or Jacksonville, paid for by the Republican National Committee.The Jacksonville-based event will be spread across indoor and outdoor venues, the memo says, with planners set to use “Daily’s Place Flex Field, TIAA Bank Field, Daily’s Place Amphitheater, and others” in a multi-block radius of Jacksonville. The party is also preparing for a smaller-scale gathering, with organizers cutting back the number of attendees by limiting the attendance of alternate delegates and guests of delegates in Jacksonville.On the night of Trump’s anticipated speech, which is slated for Thursday, guests of alternative delegates won’t be permitted inside the convention venue.Among those who plan to participate in-person for the event, planners indicated that attendees will be tested more than once, writing in the memo “a variety of COVID testing available before and during the convention activities.” Attendees will be asked to provide consent to allow the testing company to share their results with the RNC.On-site in Jacksonville, various health and safety precautions will be in-place and will “include, but are not limited to, on-site temperature checks, available PPE, and aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available COVID-19 testing,” according to the memo.But still, Republicans did not commit to requiring masks at the convention and there was no mention of social distancing throughout the nine-page memo.“We will follow the local and state health guidelines in place at the time of the convention,” the memo reads.12:26 a.m.: 59 NFL players test positive for COVID-19The NFL announced on Tuesday that 59 players have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Meanwhile, the NFL and the NFLPA announced Monday that they had agreed on COVID-19 testing protocols. Players and team personnel will be tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp, then every other day, as long as their team’s positive test rate is and remains under 5%.New symptom-based testing guidelines from the league were updated on July 17.If and when NFL training camps open next week, as currently scheduled, teams’ rosters will include a maximum of 80 players, as opposed to the usual 90, in an effort to help enforce social distancing measures in team facilities. This is according to sources who were on an NFLPA players call Tuesday night discussing details of the league’s latest proposal on coronavirus protocols.Sources also said the NFL and the union officially agreed Tuesday to the league’s plan to drop all preseason games for the 2020 season. The agreement came a day after the league offered to the union to play no preseason games this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.Thus, with Tuesday’s developments, the league and the players’ union are inching closer to an agreement on rules that will govern training camp and the season under these difficult circumstances. Weeks of negotiations seem to be coming to a head, as sources who were on the players’ call Tuesday night said there has been agreement on several issues but work remains to be done on others.A major issue reportedly concerning players right now is the procedure under which they can opt out of the 2020 season if they are in a high-risk category or they’re simply not comfortable playing amid the pandemic.One source said the league has offered to give stipends — $250,000 for active roster and $100,000 for practice squad — to players who opt out because they’re in high-risk categories but nothing for players who opt out voluntarily.The source said the league’s proposal would be that players who opt out would have their contracts “toll” — meaning just slide back a year and pick up next year where they are now — but that the teams would in the meantime retain whatever rights they had to release or trade those players under their current contracts.The players are seeking better protections due to the unprecedented circumstances. 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8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Preston Packer Preston Packer is the Director of Sales & Marketing for FLEX. Preston has been with FLEX since 2000 and has worked in various sales management roles over that time. Preston’… Web: www.flexcutech.com Details Your 2016 goals and strategy are no doubt set, and if you’re like most credit unions we talk to mobile lending is on that list. We see the rise in social media and the need to appeal to younger members as the main push for CU’s to adopt mobile lending, and we understand that technology is changing the way members access financial services. However, as much as mobile lending is an opportunity for credit unions to gain more revenue and new members, how much of an impact will it make to your bottom line? Will the amount of new business justify the expenditure?With the right core in place, you are presented with the opportunity to introduce new technology to your product offering with relative ease. Thanks to integrated apps, if your credit union core has kept up with the pace of technology, going to market with a product like mobile lending may not require as much up front work or costs as you fear.View our “Loans To Go!” eBook on using your core technology to master mobile lending.But just having the product available is not enough to ensure success. Here are some common ways to fail in your planning and implementation of mobile lending for your CU:1) Making too many assumptions about your members and their demographics Most credit union executives understand the demographics of their current and potential member base, and how they are changing, and then project those changes on to their offering. But be careful in drawing too many conclusions. Credit unions with aging members should not assume that mobile technologies only target the young. However resistant to adoption, older members will depend increasingly upon mobile technology as they live longer lives and as their mobility declines. Consideration of demographics like this can illuminate a long-term vision for mobile lending.2) Assuming your mobile lending is the only game in town Gauge your members’ susceptibility to competing alternatives. It’s a strong bet that your neighborhood loan shark can be found in the app store. Whether from some obscure shadow banking outlet, or from a major player like Quicken or Google, members have many new sources of cash. Take the time to understand these encroaching services and assess the extent to which your members are susceptible to them. As you do so, you will see opportunities to differentiate and better estimate demand for your mobile loan offerings. For example, credit unions who offer remote controls for cards enjoy a distinct competitive advantage in promoting credit card loans to members who travel, who shop online or who might be otherwise uniquely exposed to fraud risk.3) Targeting members’ stereotypesA recent study around the use of big-data reveals that “interests, opinions and overt behaviors are a much better indicator of customer demand” than traditionally-defined market segments. In other words, indicators like income, ethnicity or education matter much less than your member’s personal credit score, substance abuse record, work-place habits or spending patterns.While most credit unions think big-data is something accessible only by government entities and internet wizards, it’s really not. Big-data is any resource that helps you construct an intimate picture of how your members behave and what motivates them. As you analyze information you already possess in your loan portfolio and account records, you will better see how those pictures of your members fit into your strategic landscape for mobile lending.4) Not even tryingSimply NOT considering and thoroughly analyzing mobile lending is a sure-fire way to fail at it. Even if you determine it is not right for you, doing your due diligence to assess it will benefit you, while ignoring it would be a huge mistake. Most Americans now own a mobile phone and mobile has overtaken PC usage on the internet. It was just announced that in 2015, the number of weekly mobile bankers exceeded weekly branch bankers. Nearly 70% of online product searches lead to action within an hour and mobile loan products should be no exception!Assessing the impact of mobile lending is important, but be sure you get there, and get your implementation right. Tier-1 mobile apps, such as those developed by FLEX, integrate directly into your credit union core processing system so they can deliver the efficiency and advanced capabilities that your staff and your members will demand. You’ll find integrated systems to be indispensable to your success in the mobile arena.Download our new eBook: Loans To Go!
Dormaa based Aduana Stars have been struck with a two game home ban, plus a GH₵3000 fine, after crowd trouble in their matchweek 7 clash between themselves and Medeama at the Nana Agyeman Badu I Park.Aduana were initially given a temporary ban by the GFA Disciplinary Committee after the incident, which saw their home fans invade the pitch and hurl missiles at the Medeama technical area.Angry Aduana fans also attacked the referee, who had to be escorted out of the match venue by the police.The Dormaa based side will now serve an extra one game ban, having already played their previous home game at the the Baba Yara against Bechem United due to the initial temporary ban.The Disciplinary Committee’s ruling said, “In view of the plea of Guilt and mitigation put in by the club before the Disciplinary Committee, the club is hereby handed a two-match ban from using the Nana Agyeman Badu Park, Dormaa as its home venue.“In this respect, the temporary home ban imposed on the club by the Normalisation Committee of the Ghana Football Association would be lifted after Aduana Stars serves its next home ban.“Additionally, the club is fined GH₵3000 payable to the GFA within 14 days from the date of communication of this decision.“The Club shall be liable to a further fine of GH₵2000 if it fails to furnish the Disciplinary Committee with evidence of actions it claims to have embarked upon to avoid reoccurrence of such incidents at its home venue, including evidence of a complaint lodged with the police.”
Oxford 4 Udall 1#4 Oxford Â 0 Â 0 Â 2 Â 0 Â 1 Â 0 Â 1 Â 4#1 Udall Â Â 0 Â 1 Â 0 Â 0 Â 0 Â 0 Â 0 Â 1Winning pitcher: Oxford – Camren Clements (Win) 7 IP, 8 Ks, 6 BB, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 ER. Losing pitcher:Â Udall – Billy Barnett, 5 IP.Â Nolan Williams, 2 IP. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The beauty of post season is things donâ€™t go accordingly to plan. Somewhere, someplace a team is going to lose to a team it is supposed to beat.So was the case in Burden, in Tuesdayâ€™s semifinal game between Oxford and Udall. The No. 1 seed Eagles were 18-2 against the fourth seed Wildcats who were 9-11. The Eagles had beaten the Wildcats all four times during the regular season.But Tuesday Â when the final out was tallied, Oxford pulled off a 4-1 upset over Udall. The Wildcats are in the regional championship.Oxford is awaiting the winner of Cedar Vale-Dexter vs. Central Burden in the other semifinal game which was delayed because of rain yesterday. The games for today have been postponed for 24 hours. Central vs. CV-Dexter is scheduled at 4 p.m. Thursday with the winner playing Oxford at 6 p.m. That’s tentative, of course.Suffice it to say, the Oxford team probably wonâ€™t mind savoring this victory a little longer against its most heated rival.Â â€œI canâ€™t say enough about these kids,â€ said Kyle Green, Oxford head boys baseball coach. â€œWe are probably the youngest team in the league, some nights we are starting five or six freshmen surrounded by two seniors and two sophomores.â€Udall opened with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. But Oxford scored two runs in the top of the third and would never relinquish the lead thereafter. Oxford would add one run in the fifth and one in the seventh to clinch victory.Freshman Camren Clements was spectacular on the mound getting eight strikeouts, six walks, two hits, and allowing one run for a 1.00 ER for the game.â€œYou talk about a gut check,â€ Green said. â€œWhat a tough performance we got out of Cam. He was just magnificent on the mound. He was just magnificent mixing his pitches up all day keeping Udall off balanced.â€Green said Oxfordâ€™s defense was just as awesome and did not commit an error in the field. In the first inning, sophomore Grant Smith thwarted a Udall scoring threat with a double play. Senior catcher Oggie Shimkus threw a kid out attempting to steal second to end the inning.â€œAll of that just set the tone for the day,â€ Green said. â€œThe boys were just solid in the field.â€Offensively, Oxford took advantage of some Udall errors early in the game to take the lead and got timely hitting out of O. Shimkus, Smith, Cal Shimkus and Derek Willims.â€œAll four of those boys drove in key runs throughout the game,â€ Green said.Oxford came into this game as significant underdogs. The Eagles had shared the Walter Johnson League (SCBL) regular season titles with Flinthills.â€œWe knew how good they were going in,â€ Green said. â€œTo hold that lineup to just one run all day speaks about how well our kids played. They played like a seasoned team.â€ Batting Highlights for Oxford:Grant Smith: 1-3, single, 1 stolen base 2 runs scored.Oggie Shimkus: 2-4, 2 singles, 2 RBI’s 2 runs scored.Derek Williams: 1-3, 1 single, 1 RBI, 1 BB.Cal Shimkus: 1-4, single, 1 RBI.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Metro board voted to raise bus and train tickets to $1.50 on July 1, 2009, under a compromise proposed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. The board voted 9-4 to approve the controversial rate hike after hours of public hearings from riders hotly opposed to fare increases. The hike was less than a staff proposal to increase fares to $2 from the current $1.25. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who wanted a lower fare hike, voted against the compromise.
Alexis Sanchez is a Gooner, so by default, so is his Spanish missus Laia Grassi.Posting on her Instagram page, laiyls, Ms Grassi said: ‘I’m a Gunner’ shortly after Arsenal announced the signing of Chile international Sanchez from Barcelona in a £33m deal.The north Londoners saw off Liverpool to secure the 25-year-old’s signature after he scored 47 goals in 141 games for Barca and a trophy haul that included a La Liga title and the Spanish Cup. 3 3 Laia Grassi is a Gooner – click the arrow on the right to see more photos – Alexis Sanchez’s missus has joined the large community of Arsenal fans following the player’s transfer. 3 Laia Grassi is a Gooner – We bet she can’t wait for the Emirates Cup Laia Grassi is a Gooner – Get used to seeing this face at the Emirates a bit more next season
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists European football will change forever when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi hangs up his boots.The Argentine forward has won seven La Liga titles, three Champions League trophies, along with picking up the Ballon d’Or on four separate occasions.Messi’s influence at Barcelona almost saw manager Luis Enrique sacked earlier this season, when the pair reportedly fell out as a power struggle developed.And former Real Madrid boss Mourinho has exclusively told talkSPORT the Argentine is much more important to the La Liga giants than any boss.“In ten years’ time, without Lionel Messi, the map of European football is going to change,” he told Alan Brazil.“What Barcelona have won in the last few years was with Frank Rijkaard, Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique as manager, but it’s always with Messi.”You can listen to the full interview with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, May 19 only on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show
Fulham make two changes to their side for the trip to Blackburn Rovers, with Sakari Mattila and Luke Garbutt starting in a five-man midfield.Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic keeps faith with the 3-5-2 formation used in the 3-1 win over QPR on Saturday, with Mattila replacing Scott Parker and Garbutt coming in at left-wing for the injured Lasse Vigen Christensen.There is no Rohan Ince on the bench, but Tim Ream and January signing Zakaria Labyad are both named as substitutes.Former Blackburn midfielder Tom Cairney starts against his old club.Rovers make four changes with captain Grant Hanley restored to the line-up after a shoulder injury, replacing Elliott Ward.Elliott Bennett comes in for Craig Conway and boss Paul Lambert changes his strike partnership, with Chris Brown and the fit-again Danny Graham ousting Tony Watt and Simeon Jackson.Blackburn Rovers: Steele; Marshall, Duffy, Hanley, Spurr; Lenihan, Evans, Gomez, Bennett; Brown, Graham. Subs: Raya, Henley, Watt, Ward, Grimes, Conway, Jackson.Fulham: Lonergan; Madl, Burn, Amorebieta; Fredericks, Matilla, O’Hara, Cairney, Garbutt; Dembele, McCormack. Subs: Lewis, Richards, Ream, Hyndman, Kacaniklic, Labyad, Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
4 April 2003Letlapa Mphahlele’s “Child of This Soil” (Kwela) is a window on events during the turbulent years of the apartheid struggle. All the hardships and suffering, the nomadic lifestyle and the unpredictable lives the freedoms fighters lived are wrapped in this moving book.Mphahlele, a cadre of the Pan Africanist Congress’s Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla) – having gone into exile unsure of which political organisation to join – tells in this carefully crafted book his own story during this volatile period.In exile in his quest to get military training to allow him to fight for his land, Mphahlele makes it pellucid how precariously freedom fighters lived – moving from crevice to crevice across Africa in their quest to wrench their land from the lethal jaws of apartheid.Mphahlele found it saddening how people working towards a common goal could turn on one another, showing how power struggles and lack of co-ordination took their toll on organisations fighting colonialism.Mphahlele, after brief spells in Botswana and Lesotho jails, rose through the ranks within Apla, and with his colleagues lived like hunted animals for retaliating against the massacres perpetrated on blacks by the apartheid regime.When PAC leaders called for an end to armed struggle as apartheid neared its demise, Mphahlele was incensed. He defied the call and went underground after a spate of attacks on white targets.Mphahlele concedes in his book that the struggle for liberation has been won, but wonders if people got what they fought for – especially land. And he reminds his readers that “whites can even allow an African government to run the country so long as it doesn’t interfere with their grip on land. Do you think whites can give up without a fight?”Mphahlele rebuffs the claim that he was an enemy of the state, writing that “the deadliest beasts, miles from ubuntu [humaneness], are not in the shantytowns – they are in the boardrooms of multinational companies and on the stolen farmlands”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Man Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his swerving free-kicks.Rashford has often cited the Juventus superstar as a player he’s tried to emulate in his career.And after scoring United’s second from a set-piece in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, Solskjaer had high praise for the 21-year-old.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say